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Posted: Jan 27, 2014 2:00 PM

Updated: Jan 27, 2014 2:01 PM

DALLAS (AP) Many schools in the Houston area have already canceled classes for Tuesday because of a forecast of freezing rain and snow and cold temperatures. Highs in much of the state will be in the 30s and 20s are expected in the Panhandle.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) An expert testifying at Texas' school finance trial says the poorest districts in the state still spend about $1,300 less per student than the richest ones. Albert Cortez with the Intercultural Development Research Association says a boost of more than $3 billion in state funding hasn't closed a gap between districts in rich and poor areas.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) State health officials are warning people not to eat some fish from the Neches (NAY'-chis) River Basin in East Texas. The advisory includes Sam Rayburn Reservoir and the B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir. Lab testing of fish samples has found elevated levels of mercury and dioxins.

HOUSTON (AP) Health officials are launching an air war against rabies in 17 eastern and central Texas counties. They've begun dropping packets of bait containing vaccine in hopes that skunks will eat them. They're blamed for most of the state's rabid animal cases.

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